Vaya Con Gimmick
Seems to me that in the midst of a five-game losing streak and with the Bulls' entire starting frontcourt out tonight on the road against Orlando, Vinny Del Negro might as well let this team have some fun. I'd like to see some four-, and even five-guard lineups on the floor tonight. (Think Rose, Pargo, Law, Hinrich, and Murray.) On offense, spread the floor, identify the largest mismatch, and go at it one-on-one off the dribble. When the Magic go to Howard on the offensive end, just have Law foul the shit out of him and send him to the line. Indeed, Hack-a-Howard should be the order of the night (I'd like to see Joe Alexander get about 4 minutes in the mid-late 2nd quarter, and foul Howard on six straight possessions.) Just something to make the game's pace a little herky-jerky, maybe frustrate Dwight, and, if nothing else, have a little laugh for yourself. Because at this point, with this roster and the current injuries, there's not a chance in hell of the Bulls getting off the shnide tonight if they play straight-up and conventional. So what the hey? Misbehave, make some mischief, get crazy, and fuck with the program a little. If you're VDN, what's the worst that can happen? You lose the game, miss out on the Playoffs, and get canned? I don't think Vinny's under any illusions that all of that is probably in the cards anyhow. So what the fuck? If you're going to the gallows, might as well have a good time on your way there.